Coconut Pie Recipe
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Coconut Pie Recipe

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Watching my mother cook from scratch, I hardly knew that anything was available "pre-made" until I'd left home. One of Mom's best desserts is her creamy old-fashioned coconut pie. A rich slice is true comfort food. —Mary McGuire, Graham, North Carolina
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 331 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the milk, sugar, coconut, eggs, flour, butter and vanilla. Pour into pie shell.
  2. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Coconut Pie in Taste of Home April/May 1995, p35

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Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 259321
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2017

"If you love coconut, this is a great dessert! Made this today and everyone loved it. I did bake it for an additional ten minutes or so, until the filling was set. Super easy to make, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. A keeper!"

Merrymeeting User ID: 8525801 257092
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"Delicious! I added a 1/4 tsp coconut extract, also used 1/2 cup of cream I had left over mixed with 1 cup low fat milk. The crust I used called for 1/2 cup of sugar so I used unsweetened coconut in the pie filling. Still plenty sweet! I will definitely make this again, I am looking forward to trying it with coconut milk. The filling fit perfectly in a 9-1/2" foil pie pan (measured across the top from inside rim to inside rim)"

DDPLoeches User ID: 1536323 254386
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2016

"We tried it warm, and it was good. I might have to upgrade my review tomorrow when it's cold! To Pennzer, the filling did not run over, and I did not use a deep dish pie pan. The bottom crust did get cooked, and the filling did not soak into it because it's so watery. I don't know why yours did, but mine didn't."

Judykjohnson User ID: 3883831 253008
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"We really enjoyed this pie! It was delicious and easy to make. I used a 9 inch, deep dish, frozen, store bought crust and had room to spare for the filling. I did cut the sugar a bit, to 3/4 cup. Will definitely make again. Thanks for sharing your recipe!"

pennzer User ID: 8371446 250314
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016

"This recipe is flawed. Where did all these 5-star ratings come from? Either you used a different recipe or you haven't really made it. Or maybe the recipe got changed before I made it. One and one-half cups milk is waaay too much liquid! This will run out of a 9" pie crust and all over your counter and all over your oven. And even if you don't use all the filling you have made, the filling is so thin and watery it will soak into the bottom crust and the crust won't get cooked. Also it won't taste good, because it is so dilute! How do I know? Because I made it last night. What a mess! After my folly I checked this recipe against my old standby, Lady Bird Johnson's coconut pie. Her recipe calls for 1/3 cup buttermilk, and that's the only liquid. She tops it after baked with whipped cream. Editors, please fix this recipe to spare others the disaster I had."

1914skin User ID: 8300958 243331
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"Made it!!! Love it!!! Used heavy cream instead of milk, and made a shortbread pie crust ..... My guests were totally blown away!!! Bless you Mary McGuire!!! It's amazing how something so easy to make can be sooo delicious!!! Have many requests to make it often ..... THANKS !!!"

Srjr111 User ID: 8162463 242303
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"This is not like a pudding coconut pie with meringue. It's a lot more dense but absolutely delicious. Bet you can't eat just one slice! Very easy to whip up at the last minute but make sure to use a deep dish crust or a 10" pie pan. This makes a lot. Thank you Mary for sharing your recipe & making me a hero after dinner last night!!"

JudyVarnamCox User ID: 8481470 232019
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"Better than my mothers recipe. That says a lot, because hers is delicious."

december7 User ID: 3682228 227711
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

"I used coconut milk and toasted the coconut and I also did exactly what reviewer delowenstein did. The results were fantastic!! I will definitely make this again. We loved it."

cfaith146 User ID: 8084506 226398
Reviewed May. 16, 2015

"this recipe is super easy and very good. I used a "pat in the pan" crust (originally called Mazola pie crust) and it worked fine, although a traditional crust would have been better in my opinion. This is a "custard" type pie and a nice change from the pudding type coconut pie recipes."

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